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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 8, 2009 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Allmans & the Dead

Jan. 28, 1971 recollections:

I was introduced to the live music scene in 1970, which most memorably for me included seeing 7 Grateful Dead shows, one of which featured an unnanounced guest player, David Crosby, whom I saw as he played (but didn't sing) well away from the spotlight, out of sight to most of the audience as he stood with guitar in hand connected to one of the amps by a long curly lead wire.
(thanks LIA for your recent treatise on the GD's guest performers, I plan to read the entire piece asap).

After a great year of Carousel, Winterland and smaller venue shows I still wanted to see as many of the original San francisco "acid bands" as possible.

So on a school night (Thursday or possibly Friday, it wasn't very crowded) I went to my first of many to come Hot Tuna shows, in this case at the Fillmore West/Carousel B on January 28 or 29, 1971, bringing along a friend with whom I'm still good friends (he's currently a performing musician who does house repairs on the side).

Second on the bill was a band neither of us had ever heard of or heard anything by prior to that evening.

They were The Allman Brothers, featuring Duane in excellent health.

Our minds were totally blown. They stole the show from Hot Tuna, who seemed like an anti-climax after the stunning set which opened for them by The Allmans.

I wish a tape survived of that night.

The next day or soon after, my friend MU went out and bought their first album, but it wasn't the same.

Only "Midnight Rider" had any of the same fine guitar hooks, but it was far from the high live energy we remembered just having seen.

The last thing I remember about that particular night seeing The Allman Bros. was getting a free full-sized poster for next week's (B.B. King) show from Smitty the security cop, who handed them out with a smile at the top of the stairs as we left.

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2009-07-08 14:12:18

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 8, 2009 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Allmans & the Dead

Creampuff:
There IS a tape of 1-28-71! (And also the 1-31-71 Fillmore West show.) Actually, there are lots of Allmans tapes from '70/71.
If you check out the Live Show Database at www.allmanbrothersband.com you'll find setlists & recording info for all those early shows....

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 8, 2009 9:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Allmans & the Dead

Wow, thanks LIA.
I'm having problems navigating the site with OS 9.1, so I'll get back to this when I'm reloaded with XP or OS 10.4.

Thanks again!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 8, 2009 7:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Allmans & the Dead

Thanks for all the insights and info, LiA & CPW!

Much appreciated...